Blessed with a breathtaking and picturesque natural beauty, Shimla is one of the popular destinations among the tourists all across the globe. Shimla tour packages are quite popular for offering snow-clad picturesque surroundings as well as adventure pursuits. From snow-clad hills, picturesque surroundings to waterfalls, toy train, and architectural gems, Shimla offers a bunch of tourist places that suits every taste.
Shimla-Kalka Toy Train
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was built in 1903 by the British for offering an easy access to their then summer capital Shimla. The track runs for 96 km and covers 20 railway stations, 864 bridges, and 103 tunnels. The longest tunnel is near the main railway station at Barog and stretches for 1.2 km. Look for the Shimla tour packages that offer this toy train ride as a part of their itinerary and enjoy one of your most scenic train journeys.
The Glen, Shimla
Located at a distance of 4 km from The Ridge, The Glen is a U-shaped valley and is one of the most attractive picnic spots on Shimla. The tourists can enjoy the calmness and lush greenery around as the spot is covered by the forests of pine and oak trees. The enchanting stream of water falling from a height will compel you to visit this place again and again. There is also a hiking trail extending towards the Summer Hill and Chora Maidan.
Located near Kufri, the Green Valley is surrounded by the lush green-carpeted hills. Known for its elite beauty, Green Valley is one of the best photography spots in Shimla. The best time to visit is during the summer or post monsoon as you can spot the dense forests with green surroundings bringing forth the endless beauty.
Chadwick waterfall lies at a distance of about 7 km from Shimla. Located within the dense and green Glen Forest, Chadwick waterfalls fall from a height of approximately 86 m. The surrounding hills and thick green trees of Pine and Deodar enhance the beauty of the falls. The place is frequented by the visitors throughout the year.
Buy Wooden Handicrafts at Lakkar Bazaar
Your holidays in Shimla would be incomplete without some shopping at Lakkar Bazaar. Famous for its woollen garments ranging from pashmina shawls, handmade shoes, woollen caps, and gloves, the market is full of a variety of artefacts, Tibetan mats and carpets, wooden walking sticks, and handicrafts. Visit Lakkar Bazaar and indulge in colourful street shopping.
Street Foods of Shimla
Exploring street foods while on a trip is something that one should not miss. The Bihari Lal Sharma Stall located at the Takka Bench above The Ridge is known for its fruit chats and tangy chutneys. Located on the Thandi Sadak, Chawda Maidan, Verma Tea Stall also known as Kewal Ka Dhaba is famous for its butter bun and tea. There is also a gol gappa stall at Navbhar Chawk, which is famous for its Gol Gappa chat, hot dogs, tikka wala kulchas with a variety of Indian chutneys. Sita Ram and Sons in Lakkar Bazaar is perhaps the best shop that sell Channa Bhatura. Embassy Ice Creams sells a variety of shakes, squashes, softies, and flavoured ice creams.